AU ENGINEERING 2025 – strengthening the field of engineering at Aarhus University

The Aarhus University Board has approved the Senior Management Team’s recommendation to strengthen the field of engineering at Science and Technology until 2025. The Board’s decision means that Aarhus University supports the development of engineering with an amount of DKK 113 million altogether up to 2021 via the Senior Management Team’s strategic funding (USM).

2016.06.16 | Lars Melin

The AU ENGINEERING 2025 plan will strengthen the field of engineering at Aarhus University. (Photo: AU Communication)

The AU ENGINEERING 2025 plan is being introduced with the aim of meeting the needs of both industry and society for engineers and technical scientific research.

The AU ENGINEERING 2025 plan sets out the following objectives:

  • To strengthen recruitment to Bachelor of Engineering degree programmes including offering new degree programmes in Aarhus and Herning
  • To strengthen recruitment to MSc in Engineering degree programmes including setting up new MSc/BSc tracks in the classical engineering disciplines
  • To develop the technical scientific environments to the highest international level via targeted recruitment of lecturers and researchers.

AU has a strong starting point and already makes considerable contributions to creating growth and solving societal challenges. To develop the university’s full potential, however, it is necessary to strengthen and extend AU’s engineering degree programmes and the technical scientific environments, in synergy with the university’s other research environments in areas such as science and public sector consultancy. These efforts are now supported by USM funds amounting to DKK 113 million up to 2021.

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen says: “I’m very pleased with the Board’s backing of our ambitious AU ENGINEERING 2025 plan. The plans to expand the field of engineering are a natural extension of the goals set in connection with the merger between the Aarhus University School of Engineering (ASE) and Aarhus University. AU’s engineering degree programmes will be characterised by uncompromisingly high quality. AU will also develop its technical scientific research to a top international level in close collaboration with the business sector.”

Strengthened recruitment to the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree programmes

The BEng degree programmes will be developed in both Aarhus and Herning, and ST will be able to offer new degree programmes in areas where needs have been expressed by companies in the Central Denmark Region.

Director of ASE Conni Simonsen is pleased about the new plan and says: “AU ENGINEERING 2025 strengthens our continued work with developing the BEng degree programmes, and encourages our focus on this area. There’s a need for more engineers to meet the labour demands of industry in the future.”

Strengthened recruitment to the MSc in Engineering degree programmes

In the current model for the engineering degree programmes – known as the Aarhus Model – all engineering students first complete a three-and-a-half-year BEng degree programme including a practical period of six months. It is subsequently possible to take a two-year MSc in Engineering degree programme. Using this model, AU has succeeded in more than doubling the intake of engineering students since 2007.

AU would now like to continue and expand on the Aarhus Model, at the same time as establishing a parallel MSc track with intakes of students taking technical Bachelor’s degrees in the classical engineering disciplines.

Head of Department Thomas Toftegaard, Department of Engineering, says: “We’ve been wanting for a long time to expand the MSc in Engineering degree programmes at AU, so that we can offer a wide range in the classical engineering disciplines. Developing the offer of new degree programmes will boost the visibility of the MSc in Engineering degree programmes for prospective students and will be a clear advantage for the business sector in the region, and thereby the whole community.”

Developing the technical scientific environments

Developing the engineering activities at Aarhus University until 2025 also requires focused efforts to recruit scientific staff. It is absolutely crucial to recruit strong profiles with research-related qualifications at a high international level, as well as skills in new technologies, interdisciplinary collaboration and business collaboration. Meeting these educational and research-related ambitions requires the appointment of a considerable number of lecturers and researchers over the next decade.

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